How To Fix a Broken WordPress Site

Have you ever installed a new plugin or theme, only to have your website go blank the moment you clicked the “activate” link? If so, you were a victim of the dreaded WordPress White Screen of Death (WSoD). In this short video I look the White Screen of Death directly in the eye and emerge victorious. Watch the video to learn how to overcome this all to common problem and restore your site in just a matter of minutes.


14 thoughts on “How To Fix a Broken WordPress Site”

  1. Fortunately, I haven’t had to do this for myself, only my clients who choose plugins that are unsuited. I like to filter the plugins I choose so as not to get the “White Screen of Death”. However, in the case of my past clients, almost all of these errors were caused by customisations to the theme from a previous lower paid developer.

    On a related note, I heard rumour that woocommerce is presently broken…is that true?

  2. Hi Mark,

    Themes have the ability to run any code that a plugin can, so it’s no surprise you’ve seen this problem with poorly coded themes.

    Have not heard anything about WooCommerce being broken.


  3. Three years later and I’m sure this video is still helping a lot of people, as it just did me. Thanks for this quick, easy to follow video.

  4. My WP site gets broken ALL THE TIME!!!
    It happens, not when I am working with my website, but at random times when I am not updating my site.
    Stops me from logging in.

  5. Here is the error I am getting today (ever couple weeks it’s a different error:
    Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /home4/tescot/public_html/ in /home4/tescot/public_html/ on line 1216

    1. This sounds like a web hosting problem.

      The file referenced in the error message is part of the WordPress core. So, there’s no way to disable it — even temporarily.

      Assuming you’re using the most current version of WordPress, the error refers to a line that handles redirects.

      Here’s a long-shot solution: When you login, be sure you use this url:

  6. Genius!! you save my life.
    To me it didn’t happend with a plugin install. It happend configurating W3 total cache
    Thanks a lot

  7. Thank you greatly for this. I was horrified to find that my themes wouldn’t display (no WSoD at least). After scouring the net seeking answers, I found your video. In an effort to enhance my site’s SEO/WPO, I had installed a new plugin recently and, sure enough, that was it. I disabled it and all is well. I can’t thank you enough for this solution and for the peace of mind.

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